Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS  at Glen Elder WA are required to check in AND OUT daily. This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the iSportsman electronic daily hunting permit system. Go to for more information.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Survey ran on 9/15

Teal= Observed less than 150 blue wings and green wings combined.  Estimating 200 to 300 teal property wide.

Also observed a few other big ducks and typical early season migrants such as mallards, wood ducks, gadwall, coots, and cormorants.

Mallard Migration Index (0)

Glen Elder map

Water level Just above conservation pool and falling.  There will be more exposed mudflats in the weeks ahead as the Bureau of Reclaimation is in the process of dropping the lake to 6 inches below conservation.    
Hunting conditions Fair.  Tremendous growing conditions for shoreline vegetation this year.  Will be outstanding if water levels rise this fall.
Expected hunting success We had a light crowd for the teal opener that averaged 2.5 birds per hunter.  Success has been minimal since the weekend.  Will be challenging until we get a push of new birds into the area.      

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.

Low Plains Early Teal season (east of US Hwy 283) will be September 11 through September 26, 2021.

Low Plains Early Zone season will be 10/9 to 12/5/21 and 12/18/21 to 1/2/22.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24.

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24.

Dark geese season 

Whitefront season 

Light geese season 

Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.